Chart Rewind: Missy Elliott ‘Worked It’ To Her Career Hot 100 Peak This Week in 2002

Published: Friday 13th Nov 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week, we’re working to honor ‘Work It’ – the lead single from Missy Elliott‘s four studio album, 2002’s ‘Under Construction.’

Join us inside:

After spending the latter half of the 1990’s and early 2000’s peppering charts with hits like ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’, ‘Hot Boyz,’ ‘All In My Grill’, and ‘Get Ur Freak On’ from her first three studio albums, 2002 saw singer/songwriter/rapper/producer Missy Elliott return with her spiciest set yet.

A highly anticipated offering given the quadruple threat’s newly unveiled weight loss, the femcee’s renewed image was among many talking points that kept her in headlines at the top of the millennium (i.e. rumored romances, difficulty dealing with the deaths of longtime friend/R&B singer Aaliyah as well as TLC star Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and more).

The topics would serve as muses for many of the songs found aboard Elliott’s new album, later christened ‘Under Construction,’ which was kicked off by the funky fresh, Run DMC-sampled tune ‘Work It.’

Produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland, ‘Work It’ premiered September 9, 2002 to thunderous fanfare.

Debuting on the Hot 100 at #75, by the time the tune’s Dave Meyers-directed music video had begun impacting video countdown shows ‘Work’ had already worked its way to the top 40 by strength from radio airplay alone.  It eventually peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, where it was found this week that year.  Marking her 7th visit to the tally’s top 10 (third as a song leader), the tune lodged a personal milestone for the Rap diva as it became (and remains) her highest rung reached on the hit list – a feat she tied when Ciara‘s ‘1, 2 Step’ peaked at the same position two years later.

When the dust settled, ‘Work’ netted Missy a third career GRAMMY win and became her first multiplatinum single (as a lead act).  Its popularity helped its parent album, ‘Under Construction,’ to 2x Platinum status in the United States.

As we get our groove on to this 2002 bop, look below to see who joined Elliott in the top 25 this week 18 years ago:

Hot 100 This Week in 2002


Hot 100 This Week

Click here to see else who reigned over the Hot 100 on this week’s TGJ Chart Check.

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  1. Missy stan November 13, 2020

    I love Missy Elliot
    She is dope!

    I’d like to get to know ya so I could show ya
    Put the pussssyyy on ya like I told ya
    Give me all your numbers so I can phone ya
    Your girl acting stank, then call me over
    Not on the bed, lay me on your sofa
    Call before you come, I need to shave my chocha
    You do or you don’t or you will or won’t ya?
    Go downtown and eat it like a vulture

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) November 13, 2020

    Sounds dated and kinda lame now. Missy lost her magic touch after lose control 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

  3. Michelle Branch Spirit Room November 13, 2020

    Yeah my fave Michelle Branch was at #7 in Billboard hot 100 with Game of Love

    I kiss the old days
    Music was really greater quality

    The top 20 songs that time was quality compared now

    • Michelle Branch Spirit Room November 13, 2020


      I love Missy as well

      • PinotNoir November 13, 2020

        And let’s not forget Everywhere. 🙃

    • PinotNoir November 13, 2020

      Goodbye To You, The Game Of Live, and Are You Happy Now still are bops. If only Avril Lavigne hadn’t hit as big. 😊

      • Michelle Branch Spirit Room November 13, 2020

        @PinotNoir wow I’m impressed !
        you are very much aware of Michelle hit singles 😍😍😍

  4. PinotNoir November 13, 2020

    Career peak and dip ever since. Now she raps bout bling’n wigs.

    • Michelle Branch Spirit Room November 13, 2020


  5. Fancy BISH November 14, 2020

    A CLASSIC 🎶🤳🏽

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